Travis Pollen | What you should know about scientific claims

In this episode, Nikki chats with Travis Pollen, PhD Health & Rehabilitation Sciences about how to critically assess scientific and research claims in the social media and online space.

They discuss:

  • The limitations of research and how it doesn’t always hold up when applied to real life
  • The problem is cherry picking or only selecting a single study to site on why you are doing something rather than considering the larger body of evidence and how this can lead to misleading claims
  • Why you can’t believe everything you hear in the media or on Instagram, even when it comes from an authority
  • Why most health and fitness advice is really boring and if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is

Resources mentioned:

  • Research review for health and fitness professionals and teachers:
  • Free mentorship for improving communication skills between health / movement professionals and clients: The Level Up Initiative 

To connect with Travis, visit or follow him @fitness_pollenator on Instagram.